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Vance Packard & American social criticism

Author: Daniel Horowitz
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vance Packard's number-one bestsellers - Hidden Persuaders (1957), Status Seekers (1959), and Waste Makers (1960) - taught the generation of Americans that came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s about the dangers posed by advertising, social climbing, and planned obsolescence. Like Betty Friedan and William H. Whyte, Jr., Packard (1914- ) is a journalist who played an influential role as the largely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Horowitz, Daniel, 1938-
Vance Packard & American social criticism.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)654473993
Named Person: Vance Packard; Vance Packard; Vance Packard; Vance Oakley Packard; Vance Packard; Vance Oakley Packard
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Horowitz
ISBN: 0807821411 9780807821411 9780807857359 0807857351
OCLC Number: 28889586
Notes: Title on half t.p.: Vance Packard and American social criticism.
Description: xviii, 375 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Growing up absurd: From Granville Summit to State College, 1914-1932 --
2. Starting out in the thirties: Penn State, 1932-1936 --
3. White collar: Columbia graduate school of journalism, Boston Daily Record, and Associated Press, 1936-1942 --
4. The man in the gray flannel suit: Darien, New Canaan and American Magazine, 1942-1956 --
5. The medium is the message: American magazine, 1942-1956 --
6. Making it: three best-sellers, 1957-1960 --
7. Marginal man: the emergence of an American social critic. 8. The lonely crowd: readers respond to The Hidden Persuaders, The Status seekers, and The Waste makers --
9. The crack in the picture window: the response of critics to the trilogy --
10. A station wagon driver in the suburb: Moralism and its contradictions --
11. Future shock, 1960-1968: The Pyramid climbers, The Naked society, and The Sexual wilderness --
12. The cultural contradictions of capitalism, 1969-1984: A Nation of strangers, The People shapers, and Our Endangered children. --
13. Barbarians at the gate, 1984-1989: The Ultra Rich.
Other Titles: Vance Packard and American social criticism.
Responsibility: Daniel Horowitz.

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Vance Packard's bestselling books taught the generation that came of age in the early 1960s about the dangers posed by advertising, social climbing, and planned obsolescence. Based in part on  Read more...

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